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College Football Bowl Season Betting Guide: Trends & Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! No, not the holidays. Well, yes, the holidays too, but more importantly, 2022-23 college football bowl season.

Regular-season football has flown by but the excitement has only escalated with 43 college football bowl games featured this year. For some, a CFP run is at stake while others may be looking to end their season on a high note by hoisting a bowl trophy. Bowl games are scheduled to start Friday, December 16, and continue through to the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, January 9.

Here are some tips and college football bowl betting trends to help steer you in the right direction, whether it’s the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl or Cotton Bowl.

Things To Look Out For In Bowl Game Bets

Players Not Playing In Bowl Games

Before placing a wager, check our college football injury report on a specific game’s matchup page to make sure there haven’t been any recent injuries to key players. For example, the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes will be without top RB TreVeyon Henderson, who is out with a broken foot and torn ligaments, for the Peach Bowl semifinal showdown against the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs. 

Coaches Leaving, Players Opting Out

Handicapping bowl games can be tough this time of year because of changes in personnel and players opting to sit. If a coach has had a great season, he may end up being snagged by another school. Perhaps the departure of an assistant coach doesn’t have a direct impact but now is the time of year we see hires and fires. How do coaching changes impact the players? It’s something to consider.

It’s also the time of year that players opt to sit out of bowl games if they plan to make a run at getting picked up in the NFL draft. For example, the Tennessee Volunteers’ leading WR, Jalin Hyatt, has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft and will skip the Orange Bowl. Familiar names from the past who’ve done this include LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey. Keep a lookout as the game you’re targeting approaches.


It happens. It’s something you definitely don’t handicap for, so just do a quick search beforehand to confirm that no sudden suspensions have occurred. Past seasons saw four Nevada players issued suspensions after a fight following a loss to UNLV, while players from Alabama and Clemson were dealt one-year suspensions after failing a drug test.

College Football Bowl Guide Betting Trends

As always, college football bowl trends aren’t a be-all and end-all of information but CFB bowl trends can help you finalize a play or at least help keep you off a game. Here are some college football bowl trends to consider before placing your bets.

Top 10 Most ATS Wins (Bowl Games)
Florida State13
Boise State13
Top 10 Most ATS Losses (Bowl Games)
West Virginia17
Virginia Tech13
Kansas State12
Texas A&M11

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Top 10 Most OVERs (Bowl Games)
West Virginia13
Virginia Tech12
Texas Tech11
Florida State11
North Carolina State11
Top 10 Most UNDERs (Bowl Games)
Ohio State14
Virginia Tech13
Oklahoma State12

College Football Bowl Betting Trends Last 5 Seasons

College Football Bowl Trends (SU/ATS/OVER)
Bowl GameFavorite SUFavorite ATSOVER Record
Bahamas Bowl3-2 (60.0%)2-3 (40.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Cure Bowl2-3 (40.0%)1-4 (20.0%)3-2 (60.0%)
Boca Raton Bowl4-1 (80.0%)3-2 (60.0%)3-2 (60.0%)
New Mexico Bowl3-2 (60.0%)2-3 (40.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Independence Bowl2-3 (40.0%)4-1 (80.0%)3-2 (60.0%)
LendingTree Bowl4-1 (80.0%)3-2 (60.0%)4-1 (80.0%)
New Orleans Bowl4-1 (80.0%)3-2 (60.0%)4-1 (80.0%)
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl3-2 (60.0%)3-2 (60.0%)4-1 (80.0%)
Armed Forces Bowl4-1 (80.0%)3-2 (60.0%)3-2 (60.0%)
Gasparilla Bowl4-1 (80.0%)4-1 (80.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Hawaii Bowl1-4 (20.0%)3-2 (60.0%)4-1 (80.0%)
Camellia Bowl3-2 (60.0%)2-3 (40.0%)1-4 (20.0%)
Quick Lane Bowl3-2 (60.0%)2-3 (40.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Military Bowl4-1 (80.0%)3-2 (60.0%)5-0 (100.0%)
Birmingham Bowl4-1 (80.0%)3-2 (60.0%)2-2-1 (50.0%)
First Responder Bowl5-0 (100.0%)2-2-1 (50.0%)2-2-1 (50.0%)
Liberty Bowl2-3 (40.0%)1-4 (20.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Holiday Bowl1-4 (20.0%)1-4 (20.0%)3-2 (60.0%)
Guaranteed Rate Bowl4-1 (80.0%)4-1 (80.0%)1-4 (20.0%)
Pinstripe Bowl2-3 (40.0%)2-3 (40.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Cheez-It Bowl4-1 (80.0%)4-1 (80.0%)1-4 (20.0%)
Alamo Bowl3-2 (60.0%)2-3 (40.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Mayo Bowl3-2 (60.0%)2-3 (40.0%)3-2 (60.0%)
Music City Bowl4-1 (80.0%)3-2 (60.0%)3-2 (60.0%)
Peach Bowl3-2 (60.0%)2-3 (40.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Las Vegas Bowl3-2 (60.0%)3-2 (60.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Orange Bowl4-1 (80.0%)2-3 (40.0%)4-1 (80.0%)
Cotton Bowl5-0 (100.0%)4-0-1 (100.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Gator Bowl4-1 (80.0%)2-3 (40.0%)1-4 (20.0%)
Sun Bowl5-0 (100.0%)3-2 (60.0%)1-4 (20.0%)
Arizona Bowl3-2 (60.0%)3-2 (60.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Outback Bowl1-4 (20.0%)1-4 (20.0%)2-2-1 (50.0%)
Citrus Bowl3-2 (60.0%)4-1 (80.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Fiesta Bowl4-1 (80.0%)4-1 (80.0%)2-3 (40.0%)
Rose Bowl4-1 (80.0%)1-4 (20.0%)3-2 (60.0%)
Sugar Bowl3-2 (60.0%)3-2 (60.0%)1-4 (20.0%)
Texas Bowl2-3 (40.0%)1-4 (20.0%)3-2 (60.0%)
Championship Game3-2 (60.0%)2-2-1 (50.0%)5-0 (100.0%)

Myrtle Beach Bowl only goes back to 2020

Frisco Bowl only goes back to 2017

Best College Bowl Betting Guide Tips

There are a million ways to handicap bowl games, but make sure to also look at the weather. Not every game is in a sunny place like Florida or the Bahamas (though they should be). You could also consider motivation as a factor. Although there is no metric for motivation, you could go off the simple idea that this is a college football team’s first bowl and they’ll give it everything they’ve got.

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And remember, the books are required to put a line on every single game but that does not mean you have to place a bet on every single game. Be selective and always remember to practice bankroll management. Football is almost over – let’s not go crazy with these last games of the college football season.

For more bowl-specific betting tips, be sure to follow our Best Bets Blog that we’ll be updating throughout bowl season.

College Bowl Season Betting Guide FAQ

How many college football bowl games are there?

There are 42 college football bowl games in 2021-22. NCAAF bettors typically bet on the Sugar Bowl, the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Peach Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, and the Orange Bowl. Common NCAA football bowl game betting lines include a wide variety of wagers such as outrights and NCAAF bowl game OVER/UNDERs.

What is the schedule for the college football bowl games?

The schedule for the college football bowl games begins on Friday, December 17, 2021 with the Bahamas Bowl which features Toledo and Middle Tennessee State at Thomas Robinson Stadium, and runs until Tuesday, January 4, 2022 with the Texas Bowl which is between LSU and Kansas State at NRG Stadium.

Where can I watch college football bowl games?

CFB bettors can watch 2021-22 college football bowl games on a number of different television networks. Depending on which NCAA football bowl game you would like to watch, you are able to tune in to NCAAF bowl games live across the likes of ESPN, ESPN2, CBS, ABC, as well as FOX.